Saturday, 15 April 2017
Australian Power Pop(e) Carpenter's Project ''The Supahip - Seize The World (2005)'' (Not Lame) Flac & mp3
In recent years, Carpenter has been stretching into new territory. His earliest releases were primarily one-man affairs, with all songs written by Carpenter, all instruments performed by Carpenter, and all vox sung by Carpenter. But in 2003 he surprised fans by releasing his first album with a full backing band, Kings Rd. And now, with the Supahip, Carpenter is once more branching off into new territory. Joining together with friend and fellow musician Mark Moldre of Hitchcock’s Regret, the pair combined their individual talents to write and record in a manner that challenged both musicians as songwriters and musicians.
Coming together in the studio once a month for just over a year, all 12 tracks on Seize the World were recorded in as spontaneous a manner as possible, and all within the span of a day. With no prior collaboration, Carpenter and Moldre entered the studio in the morning with a rough idea, sketched out the track between them, and recorded it all in one sitting, repeating this process once a month. In the end the whole process wound up inspiring the songwriters—both of whom were more or less used to being the sole songwriter on their respective projects—and infused the songs with a simplified vitality and immediacy that the pair felt tied them back to “the good old days” or early rock music.
Of additional interest to audiophiles is the fact that Seize the World was recorded to emulate the ‘60s pop recordings of yore, or, as the duo calls it, in the “hyperRETROsonic” process. This essentially means that the instruments are all hard-panned right or left to give it a wide stereo sound. Unfortunately, this takes away from the impact of some of the tracks by creating a noticeable empty space in the sound, and there are some songs, for example “Everything’s Alright”, that would benefit from a richer mix. The Supahip make up for it somewhat by offering a straight mono recording of ten of the twelve tracks following the stereo versions, which gives the songs a very direct, garage-recording punch.
With its mix of low-key rockers and pure pop balladry, Seize the World proves the Supahip to be a fruitful and fortuitous side-project. Neither the Bens nor the Finns, it’s probably not going to help break Carpenter or Moldre into the big time, but it’s proof that setting new challenges for yourself as an artist can be great creative exercise with excellent results. (popmatters.com)
One further side project of australian pop musician Michael Carpenter.
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